LIVE NIRVANA TOUR HISTORY:09/10/92 - The Portland Meadows (No On 9 Benefit), Portland, OR, US
[Grohl drums whilst Cobain and Novoselic tune up]
Cobain - "So I saw this picture on the news about three weeks ago, it was in Republican Party headquarters in Pasadena and it was firebombed and it was a beautiful picture, it was a picture of Republican Party headquarters in Pasadena and there was a window and there was smoke and fire coming out if it. It was really pretty, it should be on the Christmas ... Did you know that I'm gay? Then I got married to a hermaphrodite, but they're trying to take away my gay rights, I would have been really mad, because I really like to buttfuck! It's fun, feels good"
Novoselic - "Check propaganda"
Grohl - "This song's called In Bloom"
COME AS YOU ARE
Voice - "And the crowd goes wild"
ABOUT A GIRL
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
ON A PLAIN
Grohl - "This song's called Been A Son"
BEEN A SON
Novoselic - "So hey, thanks a lot for coming out supporting the No On 9 campaign, we can't have all this fascism going on. Thanks a lot to Calamity Jane, if you were here earlier to see 'em, they were rocking. Thanks a lot to Poison Idea, they're from Portland, so check 'em out, local talent right. Thanks a lot to Helmet and thanks a lot to Jello Biafra ?? in the 1990's check out his recordings, I blow minds for a living, I know it blew my mind"
Voice - "They're not done are they?"
Novoselic - "These people are really hot and you're spraying them with cold water, they're gonna get pneumonia, it's really bad. Hey, Mr Hose guy, you're gonna give these people pneumonia, you guys are liable to get pneumonia. You know what this show is about? It's about No On 9, it's not like a rock show or anything, it's about getting together. Love is but a song we sing"
Cobain - "You know yesterday my wife and I were sitting in a tent at the MTV Music Awards and we're having lunch and Axl Rose walked by us and we yelled at Axl, we said 'Axl, will you be the Godfather of our child?' And he said, he stopped and he turned around, pointed his finger at my wife ..."
Novoselic - "... with his bodyguard"
Cobain - "Yeah, well yeah, he had about 20 bodyguards with him and like the Madonna documentary, he's got a little film camera with him ..."
Novoselic - "... and you had a little 3 week old baby in your arms"
Cobain - "I had a little helpless child in my arms and so he said to my wife 'You'd better shut up bitch, don't pitch me any shit tonight'. Because tonight was obviously the highlight of his career, asshole!"
Novoselic - "Niggers and faggots, he said so!"
Cobain - "And then I said, and then he said and then he looked at me and said 'You'd better keep your wife shut or I'm gonna take you to the pavement!' And I was shaking and I went 'What? What, you're gonna, what you gonna do? You're gonna beat me up?' And he said 'You'd better keep your wife's mouth shut, you embarrass everybody, you embarrass your wife, you embarrass your old man, you embarrass me' and then I was shaking and I told my wife to 'Shut up bitch!'"
Novoselic - "True story, you heard it here first! And then I ran into Duff McKagen (?) and that guy wanted to fight me and he had three bodyguards, who were like pushing me around, but I thought that was the establishment rock 'n' roll. They want you to buy their package rebellion of sitting on a Harley Davidson while playing a piano with a forty-one piece orchestra just like Emerson, Lake and Palmer did in 1978! Say it brother"
Voice - "Hey man, I'm not sticking up for Axl or anything"
Novoselic - "But ..."
Voice - "I'm not gonna stick up for Kurt man"
Novoselic - "Well, you gotta take sides, you're either Yes On 9 or No On 9 man, you gotta take sides man!"
Voice - "No On 9, but I'm talking about Axl here, you hang on a second"
Novoselic - "You're talking about an asshole?"
[Grohl plays the intro to 'Scoff', then Novoselic tunes up]
Voice - "Man, I think you guys should let music be music man, let everybody express what they want man, be it hard rock, be it Nirvana"
Novoselic - "Right on man!"
Voice - "Be it anyone man, just let it rock the way they wanna rock!"
Novoselic - "Right on man, but ..."
Voice - "Alright?"
Novoselic - "That's a corporate establishment"
Cobain - "But you can't let a rock star who obviously likes to beat women and likes to control women and likes to tell women to shut up ..."
Novoselic - " ... and hates niggers and faggots!"
Cobain - "... who obviously is a racist and a homophobe, he doesn't have the right to speak his mind, but he does have the right to speak his mind but, so do we and he should be shut up!"
Voice - "I'm not sticking up for him man! That's my girlfriend Jennifer OK? She just got a little excited"
Novoselic - "We're having a discussion here, this is forum, pure Americana, except we're having a forum"
Cobain - "It's true, we should all just love one another! Chris? I love you!"
[Cobain and Novoselic kiss]
[The song stops after the intro and they all tune up]
Novoselic - "This song's for John kennedy"
Cobain - "Good night, thank you"
Transcribed by Michael Sanderson, April 2003
Last updated/amended: May 2006 (thanks to Katey Corrigan)